Leather Armor

The other day i was thinking about how to protect my body from any ZOMBIE bite. I thought about Kevlar, plastic, iron and other stuff, but my real problem was not to decide which one to use, my problem began when I thought….”In a ZOMBIE outbreak, will I be able to find Kevlar or some powerful armor to protect myself?” Then it hit me, Leather, I could find leather almost everywhere, it’s easy to work with and flexible to move without problems.
I surfed the web looking for some information, with 3cm wide leather armor, ZOMBIES would bite the armor but won’t get pierced, saving you from getting infected.
The human jaw is able to make 77kg for centimeter square, that’s enough to break bones, but not enough to pierce leather. Think for a minute, leather is strong and soft at the same time, even when you try to pierce it with a knife it gets hard, imagine trying to pierce it with your teeth, almost impossible unless you got vampire fangs.
Now, which part of your body would be the best to protect? Almost everywhere, when you get attacked by a ZOMBIE it really doesn’t care if he bites your ass or your arm. Best body parts to protect for me would be: Arms, Chest, Legs, Back, and Neck.
Of course the idea of using armor is only to get to the city or someplace to gather supplies, unless you are totally insane and want to use it all the time. Which brings me another question, if you use your leather armor all the time, I suppose you get really really hot under there, will you get dehydrate more quickly than the usual?. If that’s the case, you better have plenty of water with you.

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3 responses to “Leather Armor

  1. Now that i think, you could make an armor from a carpet. Easy to find in any house or store. It could work.

  2. Carpet is effective against blunt blows, but is heavy and does not breath. Dehydration would occur within hours. Leather also does not breath, but can be built to be light weight. And armor grade material is difficult to find. Even if found, it needs to be cut, molded, boiled, and splinted. A process that can potentially take weeks.

    If your assembling a zombie survival kit in advance, then chain-mail would be best. It breathes very well. A website called ‘ringmesh’ sells the type used by scuba divers (welded stainless micro-mail). Regardless of which website you buy it from, a full suit (torso, head, and all four limbs) is less than 10lb. I know this from experience. And it is commonly used by bar bouncers in case someone tries to stab them, so it is tried, tested and proven.

  3. leather armor is the ultimate zombie armor. you can try to disagree, but in my opinion, there is no hesitation. it is light, often as light as a sweatshirt or jacket, with a common 8oz thickness, or two 4oz layers, it is nigh impregnable, and despite the above comment, is quick and easy to make if you have any skills at all (if you don’t have the skill to make it then why bother trying to survive an onslaught?). leather can be found in any city, from a store with leather jackets, to craft stores, to animal feed stores. 8oz is way to thick to be bit through, and is often stab resistant. by boiling leather in armor, it can be shaped and hardened (a similar process is to water-log the leather with wax). by layering a 4oz hardened leather with a 3oz soft leather above you have an ultimate armor. this process of cutting, boiling, shaping, and sewing, can be done in an hour or two.
    as the above post mentioned, chainmail is great. only a few problems: it is heavy. my zinc coated steel coif weighs 7lbs. a good suit ought to weigh 30 lbs. the shark and lumberjack mail is not intended to be used as armor. they have small heavy rings which weigh too much for good mobility. it also is not commonly found in many places, and takes a long time to make. i am adept in making maille, and from taking a roll of wire it would take me at least a whole weekend to make a shirt of chainmail.
    me recommendation: hybrid. use leather for the breastplate. it will be lighter, and much quicker to make such a large piece. chainmail for the arms would provide a more consistent protection than leather vambraces or bazabunds which have gaps. leather chaps would work nice for the lower legs, and a mail or leather skirt would protect nicely for the upper legs. altogether, you get strong protection, made quickly, and with smaller connecting pieces, you get better ventilation.

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